Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Floras Leaving Merrimack for Prep School

The NHIAA continues to lose many of its most talented boys basketball prospects to the prep school ranks. Dimitri Floras (Merrimack HS) would have been the best high school player in the state for each of the next 2 years. But as of Tuesday it is official that Floras is leaving Merrimack for Kimball Union Academy.

"Dimitri is reclassifying and will be a sophomore at KU Academy this coming fall" said Jim Floras, Dimitri's father.

Floras is a 6'1" point guard with the potential to be a scholarship player at the next level. Even as a player who only recently completed his sophomore year in high school, Floras already has the physical tools and basketball skills necessary to play at a very high level. He is perhaps best known for his extremely tight handle and deadly pull-up jumper, which he can make with regularity in the mid-range area as well as stepping out to the three-point line. He knows how to play the game, he has a scorer's mentality and can put points up in a hurry against even the toughest competition. But he's also an underrated passer and defender.

Floras was a first team all-state player this past winter as a sophomore, and he should have made the first team as a freshman as well the year before that. When he was in 8th grade Merrimack only won 4 games and missed the tournament. But in the last 2 years they have been a top 6 team in Division I (Class L) all year long both seasons.

Floras will be joining former Souhegan Sabers player Devin Gilligan at Kimball Union Academy. The 6'4" Gilligan will be repeating his junior year this winter at KUA.

With Floras in the lineup, Merrimack would be my current favorite to win the 2012 boys basketball D-I title. They would have had the state's best player in Floras as well as a very talented supporting cast including Tyler and Eric Gendron, Jared Peabody, Kyle Richardson and Bryan Courtemanche. I still expect the Tomahawks to be a top 8 team in D-I, but of course losing Floras is a big hit for them.

Still, it is hard for Floras to say no to a school that will present tough competition and better exposure on the basketball court, and smaller class sizes in the classroom. It's the route more and more of our state's best players have been taking.

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